Eating out is not something I do very often, I’d rather cook at home something scrumptious and save some money than go out on a restaurant. But there are some times where you have this need to go out and see what the world has to offer.
This last week I’ve been in Sweden – I’ll write a post about my whole experience soon – at first I was a bit sceptical and worried about the whole menu thing. When you go to a new place it can be easy to struggle with unexpected situations, so you must be somehow prepared. But I must admit that in the whole trip I didn’t have any problem, everyone was super nice and willing to make me a vegan option, something not that usual in Spain – One point for Sweden-.
So here is a list with my top tips to eat out as a vegan:
Be nice and polite
There has never been one single restaurant that has told me that I cannot eat anything (neither in Sweden or Spain). I just ask them politely if they have any option for me and most of the times they are happy to find something delicious from the menu that can be adapted.
As I didn’t arrange the trip, I wasn’t able to choose the restaurants we were going, hence why I felt a bit nervous about the whole menu thing. But something I did is to tell the woman who was planning our trip that I was vegan. So she made sure to call all the restaurants asking if they had any vegan options for me. And so when I arrived there, they already had something done for me.
Some people may think all of this preparation is a bit uncomfortable and tedious, but I promise it wasn’t like that. I never felt like I was the weird one or that they had any inconvinience in changing up a bit their menu. So, if you are struggling with eating out, never give up. I do think that asking for vegan options is the best way to make them see that there’s people who are willing to eat like this, and so it’s easier that in the future they will put it in their menu.
Don’t care too much
Maybe you are not able to eat a filling dish, or the dish is filled with oil, or you simply don’t like it that much. But in the end, you are not in the restaurant to simply eat, you are there because you are spending some time with people, talking, discussing and laughing. So enjoy your time with them, don’t worry that much about the food, it’s just an excuse to go out and do something different. When you arrive at home, you’ll crave all your daily dose of fruit, but you’ll have a handful of experiences in your back, and that’s the most rewarding thing.
So my last tip would be: don’t be afraid of getting out of your comfort zone, there’s much more kindness in the world than you think. Be open about veganism and you’ll find how easy it is to go on adventures and be vegan at the same time.
Btw, these are some pics I took on our last day of the trip, we spent the morning getting lost in Copenhagen (the flight was from there since it was nearer than Stockoholm, if you are confused).
Don’t forget to always be the change you wish to see in the world. xx